Meaning of bearing sheet in English:

bearing sheet


  • A piece of cloth, typically of high quality, used to wrap a baby in at baptism; (also more generally) a piece of cloth used to wrap a young or newborn baby in.

    In historical use, chiefly with reference to the case of Richard Hunne, who in 1515, refused to give the parish priest his child's bearing sheet as a mortuary.


Early 16th century.